Posted by: 4pack | December 13, 2008

“Ideal Shape” Profile: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 58, Challenges Other States To Fitness Example

OGGIES NOW HAS GOV. PERRY, 58, TO KEEP AN EYE ON FOR EXAMPLES OF A STRESSFUL LIFE SUCCESSFULLY MANAGED…HE IS IN GOOD SHAPE AND IS ACTIVELY ENCOURAGING FITNESS…PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA HAS SOME STATE SUPPORT FOR BEING IN IDEAL SHAPE…

Perry, who is 6 feet tall and an avid runner of about 20 miles a week, said he weighs in at 178 pounds.

“Texas is important. It’s a big state. What we do here matters,” Perry said. “I don’t look at fitness any different than I do economic challenges.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/6158560.html

The nation’s governors already have a plate full of challenges to deal with in these troubled economic times, but Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday delivered one more: Get fit.

Backed by an array of state agency leaders, Perry announced the “Capitol Steps Challenge,” a two-week contest meant to combat obesity by urging governors and their Cabinet-level staff to set an example in their states by exercising.

States that have agreed to Texas’ challenge so far are Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. South Dakota and Wyoming have declined the challenge, which starts Jan. 1.

And there is a prize. The team judged most active based on pedometers and a measurement of other activities will receive a $50,000 donation to combat childhood obesity.

So why now, especially when Perry faces a legislative session in January packed with budget and policy challenges — plus a political challenge looming in the form of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?

“Texas is important. It’s a big state. What we do here matters,” Perry said. “I don’t look at fitness any different than I do economic challenges.”

In Texas alone, he said, problems related to obesity cost businesses an estimated $3.3 billion in 2005, and if unchecked, could grow to $15.8 billion a year by 2025. Texas’ obesity rate is 27 percent, higher than the national average of 24.2 percent.

Perry, who is 6 feet tall and an avid runner of about 20 miles a week, said he weighs in at 178 pounds.

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  1. These step challenges are a great idea. Have a friendly contest with you co-workers or friends. Not only wil you be getting healthier, you’ll find you’ll feel better too.

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